Sunday, February 19, 2017

Army Portrait: Leopold George Selker, Jr.

Leopold George Selker, Jr. was born 21 June 1918. He was the son of Leopold George Selker, Sr. (28 Sep 1891 - 10 Dec 1955) and Katherine V. Hartle (1894 - 01 Sep 1970). Leopold George Selker, Sr. was the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.

Leopold enlisted with the United States Army on January 3, 1944. He was discharged from service on 31 January 1945. This formal military portrait would have been taken in 1944.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Leopold George Selker, Jr.
Leopold George Selker, Jr.
Army 
Portrait
To view other photographs of Leopold visit the posts:
This photograph is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Leopold George Selker my 2nd cousin 1x. Leopold is the son of Leopold George Selker, Jr. He is a descendant of Leopold George Selker, Sr. the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. From the Leopold George Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Leopold George Selker, Jr. is my 1st cousin 2x removed. He is a first cousin to my maternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are the common grandparents that link the cousins. 

References:

  1. Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. File for Leo Selker.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Remembering Sr. Janet Staab, OSB

In early January I received the unexpected news that Sr. Janet Staab had passed away. Sr. Janet was born on January 12, 1937 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Aloysius Staab Sr. and Cecelia Elizabeth Selker. She entered the Benedictine Community in June 26, 1955. In addition to teaching elementary and junior high school school she also served as the archivist for the Benedictine Sisters.

Sr. Janet, my 1st cousin 2x, was the original family historian for the Guth and Selker families. Many years ago she very kindly shared all of her research with a young college student who was curious about family history. Sr. Janet photocopied her meticulously organized hand typed family group sheets and newspaper articles without thought.

With so much enthusiasm she told me the story of how our shared ancestor Joseph William Selker departed Germany and opened his own cigar manufacturing business in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She also told the story of his return trip to Germany in 1906 and how his two nieces came back with him. I never imagined that day when I went to visit her that I would walk away with what would become the foundation of my research for the Guth and Selker families. 

Over the years Sr. Janet and I remained in touch. Christmas cards and notes were exchanged. When I made trips to my hometown I would stop by to visit with her at Mount Saint Benedict. We always enjoyed our visits together talking about our favorite subject - family history. In time I continued to build on her original research.  Research updates were sent as I learned more about our shared Guth, Selker and Loll ancestors. 

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Sr. Janet and I during a visit in 2014
We all owe Sr. Janet a debt of gratitude. Her legacy lives on through the children she taught and through the research she completed. Her research was very well organized and very detailed. It is truly the foundation for what we know about the Guth and Selker families. Sr. Janet will most certainly be missed. I am most grateful she was my family history mentor and I had the opportunity to learn from her. 

Sr. Janet was buried at Trinity Cemetery in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. To view her obituary visit the website for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.  

Sr. Janet Staab is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Our shared ancestors are Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Six Year Anniversary

Six years ago today Our Ancestors - The Murosky & McDonald Ancestral Lines was launched. Working on the family tree research site has been an incredible adventure. What initially started as a family research site has grown to have a companion Facebook page and the Old Family Photographs site.

Content & Reach

In the last six years 235 articles have been posted. The content ranges from family photographs to historical documents. The site has had over 70,000 page views. Although the majority of the readers have been from the United States the site also receives regular international traffic. There are visitors from Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Poland, Canada, Turkey and Ireland.

Some of the most popular articles at the site include:

The most popular page at the site is the Military Veterans followed by Published Family History.

Connecting with Cousins

The most incredible part of the journey has been connecting with cousins. These connections most likely would not have happened without this site. Each of these connections has contributed to my ongoing family research.

The research site has linked me to my ancestral families in Germany and France. The site also allowed the opportunity to get to know some of my American cousins. In 2013 my father and I traveled to Crown, Clarion County, Pennsylvania to meet our cousin Benjamin Patrick Norris.
MB Boutiques: Blog Images &emdash; 2013 Family Tree Visit to Vowinckel, PA
2013 Trip to Crown, Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Standing with my cousin 3rd Cousin 2x Benjamin Patrick Norris

MB Boutiques: Blog Images &emdash; 2013 Family Tree Visit to Vowinckel, PA
2013 Trip to Crown, Clarion County, Pennsylvania
St. Mary's Church
Dave Murosky with his 3rd Cousin 1x Benjamin Patrick Norris and Benjamin's wife


We had a lovely visit and got to learn so much from Benjamin about our shared ancestors and about the Farmington, Township. 


Looking Forward:



I look forward to sharing new content to the site. As more and more records become available there is no shortage of available content! One of the other items on my list is to continue to work on the Portraits of a Life project. I look forward to what the future will bring. 

Thank you kindly for reading,

Michelle

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Anna Gertrude Selker

A portrait of Anna Gertrude Selker with Niagara Falls as the backdrop. The data of the portrait is unknown.

Anna Gertrude Selker was born August 11, 1907 in Clarion. Anna was born August 8, 1900 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of ten children born to Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Anna Gertrude Selker
Anna Gertrude Selker

A copy of this photograph is shared with permission. The original is in the care of Leopold George Selker my 2nd cousin 1x. Leopold is a descendant of Leopold George Selker, Sr. the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. From the Leopold George Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Leopold George Selker, Sr. is my 2nd great uncles. Anna Gertrude Selker is my 2nd great aunt. Anna is the sister of Frances Philomena Selker my great grandmother. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Anna Gertrude & Vincent Aloysius Selker

A snapshot of Selker siblings Anna Gertrude and Vincent Aloysius, the children of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.

The photograph was likely taken in the late 1920's or early 1930's based on the style of their clothes and Anna's age. Anna Gertrud Selker was the youngest child born to Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. She was born August 11, 1907 in Clarion. Vincent Aloysius Selker was seven years older than Anna, born August 8, 1900 in Clarion.

The photograph would have been taken in the backyard of the Selker residence located at 248 Main Street in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The building behind the siblings was the J.W. Selker Cigar Company located on Main Street adjacent to the family home.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Anna Gertrude & Vincent Aloysius Selker
Anna Gertrude & Vincent Aloysius Selker
Children of  Joseph William Selker & Frances Philomena Guth
A copy of this photograph is shared with permission. The original is in the care of Leopold George Selker my 2nd cousin 1x. Leopold is a descendant of Leopold George Selker, Sr. the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. From the Leopold George Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Leopold George Selker, Sr. and Vincent Aloysius Selker are my 2nd great uncles. Anna Gertrude Selker is my 2nd great aunt. Leopold, Vincent and Anna are the siblings of Frances Philomena Selker my great grandmother. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

50th Wedding Anniversary: Harry Anthony Murosky & Ann Marie Edens

A portrait taken on May 12, 1996 to honor the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Ann Marie Edens and Harry Anthony Murosky.

Harry Anthony Murosky was born 21 March 1921 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski. Ann Marie was born 1924 in North Carolina.

To view the couples wedding photographs visit the post Wedding Photos: Harry A. Murosky & Ann Marie Edens.
MB Boutiques: The Murosky Collection &emdash; Harry Anthony Murosky & Ann Marie Edens 50th Wedding Anniversary
Ann Marie Edens & Anthony Harry Murosky
50th Wedding Anniversary
The original photograph is owned by Tony Murosky. The copy has been shared with permission. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. Harry Anthony Murosky is my Great Uncle. Harry's brother Arthur is my paternal grandfather. Ann Marie Edens is Great Aunt. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Late 1930's - Harry A. Murosky

This photograph of Harry Anthony Murosky was most likely taken in the late 1930's. The backdrop suggests a winter scene. This photograph was saved by his mother - Helen Tillie Bukowski.

Other photographs of Harry dated from 1937 and 1938 show him wearing similar rimless glasses. It is possible this photograph was taken during the winter between 1937 and 1938. Harry would have been about 16 years old at the time.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1930's - Harry A. Murosky
Harry Anthony Murosky
This photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. Harry Anthony Murosky is my Great Uncle. He is the brother of Arthur Murosky, my paternal grandfather.